Piazza delle Erbe
Palazzo della Ragione
In the Palazzo della Ragione , which runs the length of the square from the Rotonda and was once the seat of secular power in the city,...
Rotonda di San Lorenzo
The weather-worn 11th-century Rotonda di San Lorenzo is sunk below the level of the square, its red-brick walls still decorated with the...
Basilica di Sant'Andrea
This towering basilica safeguards the golden vessels said to hold earth soaked by the blood of Christ. Longinus, the Roman soldier who...
All of Mantua passes through Caravatti at some point during the day for coffee, spritz or Signor Caravatti’s 19th-century aperitivo of...
For gastronomic cuisine par excellence, Grifone’s damask tablecloths and heavy silverware – not to mention the plates of local salami...
Piazza delle Erbe information
Once the location of the town's vegetable market, Piazza delle Erbe is Mantua's most lively piazza. Its 13th-century Palazzo della Ragione , sporting a 15th-century clock tower at its south end which marks the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac.
Mantua's oldest church, the 11th-century Rotonda di San Lorenzo , sits just below street level alongside Palazzo della Ragione. Narrowly missing destruction during the frenetic Gonzaga refurbishment of the town, this weathered, red-brick sanctuary once sat within the heart of the Jewish ghetto and its walls are still decorated with the shadowy remains of 12th- and 13th-century frescoes.